Lewis and Clark Pathways: The Mandan People

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The path of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery led them to a winter along the Missouri River near the homes of agricultural Native American tribes, which would later suffer a devastating smallpox epidemic, and past the future sites of Fort Abraham Lincoln and Fort Union.  The video covers the significance of the forts and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes.

Lewis and Clark carried out their plan to spend the winter along the Missouri River near the Mandan tribe.  The Mandan culture was different than the nomadic Sioux ,as they lived in earthlodges in fortified villages, gardened and traded extensively.” The Mandan and Hidatsa traded corn for tools and battle axes made by the expedition’s blacksmith, allowing expedition members to survive the winter.

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Bob Dambach (Producer); Dave. Geck (Videographer)


Lewis and Clark Pathways, Prairie Public Television (2002).

Grade Level

2 - 8

Subject Matter

Social Studies, Science

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